Whether you like it or not, smart assistants are invading the home like never before. And while the Amazon Echo and Dot equivalent have already become household staples thanks to wider availability, Google Home is still yet to find its place on the global level.
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For the lucky few in the US who are able to access the powers of Home, there are a number of subtle differences from its main rival. But these devices can really rise above if they allow smart, seamless integration with other bits of nifty tech - either by native means or through the power of IFTTT (If This Then That).
Read on for the best devices that Google Home can currently play nicely with.
Makes sense that Google Home pairs nicely with the company's own Chromecast devices, right?
Unlike its Nexus Player cousin, which provides a full interface to smarten your TV, Chromecast is a device more in line with Amazon's Fire Stick. Google's dongle, though, allows you to sync things up between your phone, tablet or laptop and your TV.
But this process is streamlined further with the help of Google Home, which lets you to fire up video using just the power of your voice. With YouTube and Netflix both supported, unwinding in front of the TV has seldom been simpler.
And if you're looking to throw 4K video onto your TV, you can always hand over a little more cash and pick up Chromecast Ultra.
Google Chromecast Audio
Chromecast not only helps you weave between what's on your TV, but its audio spin-off also takes care of what's going on in the speakers.
Even better, Chromecast Audio essentially takes on the same format to empower your regular speaker with smart capabilities. Simply plug it into the AUX port on your speakers and play DJ with your voice through the power of your device.
With Google Home also allowing you to stream through the likes of Spotify, TuneIn and Pandora, you'll be dancing around to your playlist without lifting a finger.
Sticking with what Google can provide you, next up is Nest's Thermostat — a smart device that allows you to control things from your phone and set timers.
But put that smartphone away, friends, because Google Home compatibility allows you to scream your temperature demands and never fiddle with the dial again.
Nest also offers smoke detectors and security cameras for your smart home needs, but Google Home is yet to shake hands with the company's other offerings.
Sure, you could be Google's slave and buy into all of its gadgets, but it's also healthy to think outside the box with more genuine third-party options.
Take Honeywell, for example, which was recently granted Google Home integration to help you control the temperature in your home. Previously, those rocking the likes of Honeywell's Lyric had to go through an IFTTT workaround in order to pair the two.
Since clapping your lights on/off never really became a thing, Philips has stepped in to make the lighting in your home truly smart.
The Phillips Hue smart lightbulb range lets you change up the mood in a room in an instant, with up to 50 able to connect up to a Bridge — for those who've won the lottery, that is.
Once you have a colourful ensemble of bulbs lighting your way, you can switch on, dim, brighten and change colour all through Google Home.
The only drawback to the luminous paradise, of course, is the necessity to splash out on a Philips Hue Bridge to connect all the colour.
Recently given native integration alongside Honeywell, Belkin's WeMo range is essentially your one-way ticket to providing your non-smart product with an upgrade.
The outlet already naturally connected to your wireless network and allowed you to switch devices on and off from a companion app, but you can now also set up Google Home to control the WeMo instead of having to travel around with a IFTTT shortcut.
With a simple command, turning off your regular lamp has never been easier.
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